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Yusaku Blue #2 Nakiiri 180mm
Yusaku Blue #2 Nakiiri 180mm Yusaku Blue #2 Nakiiri 180mmYusaku Blue #2 Nakiiri 180mmYusaku Blue #2 Nakiiri 180mm
Yusaku Blue #2 Nakiiri 180mm Yusaku Blue #2 Nakiiri 180mmYusaku Blue #2 Nakiiri 180mmYusaku Blue #2 Nakiiri 180mm

Yusaku Blue #2 Nakiiri 180mm

Item #: MSA-N18U

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(5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)

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Our Price: $169.95
Yusaku Blue #2 Nakiri 180mm is made by a young up-and-coming blacksmith we have recently discovered. His name is Kousuke Muneishi and he is a 3rd generation blademaker heralding from Tosa. His grandfather started the Muneishi Cutlery Mfg company in 1955 to produce farming and forestry tools. His father took over management of the business and continues making these specialized cutting tools using mainly Aogami #2 steel.

Now grandson Kousuke has begun making kitchen cutlery to expand the family business and add to his blademaking skills. We are very impressed with these first efforts and have high hopes of a long relationship with this talented young man.

We have named these knives Yusaku and the kanji on the blade reflects this branding. The last character is pronounced Yu, but also can be pronounced as Suke when used in a name. The first kanji is Saku and it means work. So Yu-Saku means the work (or produced by) of Kousuke!

The first offering is a nice 180mm nakiri made from Blue #2 steel that is laminated with a soft iron. He uses the san-mai method and leaves the forgerís scale (kurouchi) on the blade face. The grind is very well realized and quite sophisticated. It is thin behind the edge and has a nice profile.

Yusaku Blue #2 Nakiri 180mm comes with a very nice octagonal handle made with blue Urushi finish that looks great and is easy to keep clean.

  • Weight: 6.4 oz / 182g
  • Blade Length: 181 mm
  • Overall Length: 326 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Heel: 3.3 mm
  • Blade Height at Heel: 47.2 mm
  • Handle: Custom Octagonal

  • Customer Reviews


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      Incredible knfe., February 22, 2021
    Posted By: Justin - verified customer

    I wanted a nakiiri for a while, & finally went with this one. It is amazing in terms of size, balance, & shape. It's going to be my most used knife for all cooking.

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      YuSaku blue Nakiri, August 2, 2020
    Posted By: Nikolai

    Great Knife! The 180 length is my favorite. The knife feels like an old friend. Blade is medium weight- I think the metal is a little forgiving, not brittle feeling like AS. Blade came sharp and I have yet to touch it. Nice fit and finish- fantastic custom handle. So far it seems effortless around vegetables in my kitchen. Criticism- blade not quite straight in Handle. Slight wave in blade. I'm totally OCD yet these defects no longer detract from the knife. Would buy another from this maker if the price was right!

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